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Prayer for Love and Unity 

 Our God is love, and without love, we cannot truly worship and work for Him.
He is the epitome of love – the kind of love that is selfless and willing to give all that it haves so that it may save many. For that is what Scripture says in John 3:16(AMP), “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He[even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” He did not need saving but for the sake of those of us who were perishing, he was moved with compassion to the point of spending all He had in order to pray for our ransom. He was willing to leave the comfort and glory in heaven to step down into this world so He can have all of us.
 
This year, can we look to emulate this kind of love for those perishing in sin – so we can do whatever it takes to reach out for our comfort zones and win them for the Lord? Can we show some more love to those who are less advantaged in society especially those of the household of faith? Shall we learn to love our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, those with whom we worship and work in God’s vineyard – irrespective of their imperfections? Shall we not forget that we too are full of flaws? Shall we then learn how to make room for the misjudgements and the folly of others? Yes, we can and only then can we share a sincere love with one another (1.Pet 1:22). Moreover, that is how the world would know we are his disciples – Jesus said (Jn 13:34-35).
 
God is a triune God – God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And throughout Scripture, we see the unity of the Trinity on display for us – for instance, in the beginning, the Trinity works together to create the universe, all creatures and man –
Gen 1:26Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”
 
Jesus also prayed for the unity of his disciples, basing on the unity between his Father and himself -  John 17:11 “…Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” Jesus knew that without unity amongst his disciples after he had gone, his ministry would die. That is why he commanded them to tarry in Jerusalem waiting for the Holy Spirit, who would only come after they had been in ‘one accord’ (Acts 2:1).
 
We too cannot worship and serve a unified God whilst we are disjointed – we must pray and strive to bond together – bound by the string of love (Col 3:14). For God is love and we too must be of the same mind, only then can we with one accord with “one voice glorify and praise and 
honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-7)
 
In 2018, Let’s do things differently – let us accept one another by clothing ourselves in a tapestry love.

Reuben Guma, 16/01/2018

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Instructions for Prayer 3 


We must pray in God’s will (Mat 6:9–13).
 
The purpose of prayer is to glorify God’s name and to ask Him to come down to accomplish His will on earth. True prayer begins with God’s interests at heart and not ours.  As Robert Law so succinctly put it “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not 
for getting man’s will done in heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.”  When we pray, therefore, we are asking God to quicken His kingdom on earth and therefore honor his mighty name.
 
It is always wise to put God and His needs first before we can present our own needs to Him. That way, we are more kingdom minded than we are earthly minded. Jesus said that our heavenly Father knows our needs even before we mention them anyway (Matt. 6:8). We also see Jesus putting God’s will first before his own – in the garden of Gethsemane – Luke 22:42 (AMP) Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.” That to us must be a lesson that no matter what the pressing issue may be, we must always seek God’s will first – maybe it is His will that you and I go through that situation, just like it was His will for Jesus to go to the cross.
 
It was necessary for Jesus to drink the cup of crucifixion so that the penalty for sin may be paid - so that we may be redeemed from the slavery of sin. And according to Phil 2: 5-11, Jesus obeyed the will of His Father and as a result, he was given the name above all names and at the mention of his name every knee must bow, with every tongue confessing that he is Lord. Painful as the process of crucifixion may have been, it was profitable for our Lord Jesus. Who knows what that which you are suffering or going through could do for you? Maybe it is God’s will for you to go through it so you can come out even better and blessed at the other end?
 
So yes, it is always good to pray for and in His will, and it is only when we do so that He hears us – according to 1 John 5:14, “This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that [a]if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.”
 
That is why Jesus taught us to pray – “Let your kingdom come, let will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven” ( Mat 6:10).

Reuben Guma, 16/01/2018

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Instructions for Prayer 1

We must learn to pray in secret (Matt. 6:5–15)

Whilst teaching about prayer, our Lord Jesus gave us his disciples four parameters to guide us in praying. Today, I will talk about the first one.

He said that we must pray in secret before we can do so in public (v. 6).
This is not to say that there is something wrong with praying in public, or in church for instance – far from it. All he was saying is that it is hypocritical to pray in public if we have not cultivated the habit of praying in private.
 
Jesus employs the word closet which means “a private room”. He wanted us to follow in his footsteps because according to Mark 1:35, he used to get up early morning, before daybreak and retreat to a solitary place to pray. This is in line with what we see Prophet Elisha doing in 2 Kings 4:32 when praying for the Shunammite Woman’s dead son.
 
There things for which you can only effectively pray for in your own closet. During this month of prayer, may we develop the spiritual muscles to pray in private so we can become more effective in our prayers in the open. 

Reuben Guma, 03/01/2018

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Prepare for WONDERS 

The Lord’s instructions on Praying (Matt. 6:5–15)

Whilst teaching about prayer, our Lord Jesus gave us his disciples four parameters to guide us in praying and today, I will talk about the first one.

He said that we must pray in secret before we can do so in public (v. 6).

This is not to say that there is something wrong with praying in public, or in church for instance – far from it. All he was saying is that it is hypocritical to pray in public if we have not cultivated the habit of praying in private.
 
Jesus employs the word closet which means “a private room”. He wanted us to follow in his footsteps because according to Mark 1:35, he used to get up early morning, before daybreak and retreated to a solitary place to pray. In the Old Testament, we also see Prophet Elisha doing the same in 2 Kings 4:32when he closed himself in the room to pray for the Shunammite woman’s dead son. He engaged the Lord God in private, away from everyone else and after the boy came back to life, he then opened the door and handed him to his mother.
 
There things for which you can only effectively pray for in your own closet.
 During this month of prayer, may we develop the spiritual muscles to pray in private so we can become more fervent and effectual in our prayers in the open. 

Reuben Guma, 31/12/2017

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Consider your Ways 

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, and take stock. Its a time for self-appraisal and therefore a time to be brutal with yourself, so you can determine which things you need to change in 2018 so you can become a better you.

Here are 31 questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God as you "Consider your ways."

Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.
  1. What's one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
  2. What's the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
  3. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
  4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
  5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
  6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
  8. What's the most important way you will, by God's grace, try to make this year different from last year?
  9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?
  11. What's the most important decision you need to make this year?
  12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what's one way you could simplify in that area?
  13. What's the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?
  14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
  15. Who do you most want to encourage this year?
  16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
  17. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?
  18. What's one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?
  19. What's one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
  20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
  21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
  22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
  23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
  24. What's the most important trip you want to take this year?
  25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
  26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?
  27. What's the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?
  28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
  29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?
  30. What's the most important new item you want to buy this year?
  31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
Reuben Guma, 31/01/2017

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Reuben Guma, 20/01/2018